How to make Theeyal -

A spicy and flavourful gravy that goes excellently with rice - a South Indian speciality

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is contributed by Member Gireesh Iyer.

Main Ingredients : Coconut (नारियल), Sambhar onions (संभार प्याज़)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Dals and Kadhis

For more recipes related to Theeyal checkout Kiri Hodi, Goan Sorak Curry - SK Khazana. You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Dal Makhani Tamatar Ki Kadhi Palakwali Dal Maa Cholian Di Dal


Theeyal Recipe Card


Hindi: nariyal
Coastal cuisine of India loves the coconut. Be it Goan or Malwani, Karnatak, Tamilian or from Kerala, the taste of coconut reigns supreme. Think about a rich fish curry and try making it obliterating the coconut! It will pass off as a fake. Very correctly termed as the ‘plant of life,’ each and every part of the coconut plant is useful in one or the other way.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Theeyal Recipe

  • Coconut scraped 1 1/2 cups

  • Sambhar onions peeled 7-8

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Oil 1/2 cup

  • Whole dry red chillies stemmed 4-6

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Tamarind water 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat three tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan. Add red chillies, coriander seeds and saute for a minute.

Step 2

Add coconut and cook till becomes brown in color. Remove and cool and then grind it to a fine paste. Heat remaining oil in another pan and fry the onions and drain on absorbent paper and set aside.

Step 3

In the same oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves and saute till the seeds crackles. Remove and set it aside. In another deep non-stick pan add tamarind water, salt and turmeric powder and bring it to boil.

Step 4

Add the onions and boil for a minute. Add the coconut paste and cook further for two to three minutes. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and mix well. Serve hot with rice or dosa.

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